Kira & Eric are one of those couples that I just clicked with. From the time we met last May, I was so anxious to do their session and see if that click still existed. And it did. Kira & Eric totally rocked their engagement session, and made me want to do it again as soon as I was finished. They are so in love, full of so much life, and constantly laughing. Shoot their engagement session made me that much more excited for their wedding. Seriously, I can’t wait.

We start the session off at the botanical gardens in Ormond Beach. I had never been there before and didn’t know what to expect. Botanical gardens?? Sometimes they’re just super messy looking. But this one was amazing. Gorgeous plant, awesome stonework and incredible light. Afterward we headed off to the beach to finish up the session, and even though it was quite chilly Kira & Eric showed their true devotion to me by getting in the freezing water. You two are awesome.

Kira & Eric, I am SOOO excited for your wedding, I know it going to be even more beautiful than your engagement. I cannot wait to capture your big day and the love you have for each other. Thank you so much for being amazing clients! I’ll be seeing you in April!

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  • TClemens - haha i recognized it too! i shot senior portraits there:) so pretty!

  • Nathan - Before I even read the description, I knew I recognized that place. (Third photo down started to give it away.) :) We shot a wedding there 1.5 years ago and I remember how cool of a garden it was. So many little photo-ops

This is my first Thanksgiving to have a blog, and with the nature of blogs, I though this would be the perfect time to reflect on everything I am thankful for:

1. Always to top my list, my husband, my parents, my friends. They are always there for me when I need it, whether it’s Zach, loving me despite my craziness, my parents, who I can always count on for a good meal and good advice, and my friends for retail therapy and to gossip. I love you all so much and my life wouldn’t be complete without you!

2. My kitties. Though they are both very sick at the moment (kennel cough cat version) I love them very much. I snuggle with them even when they don’t want to be snuggled with, and the fact that they don’t scratch out my eyes tells me they enjoy it (just a little) too. My furry little children, I love them!

3. Our House. The whole thing happened so fast last Fall; I don’t think I really ever thought about what happened. Not even being in the market for a house, we suddenly were and had one in two weeks. Then with all of the fix-ups and moving, I never even though how amazingly awesome it was that we live in a house and not an apartment. Apartment living has its perks, but I wouldn’t trade my location, backyard view, or just the feeling that it’s mine for any luxury apartment. Our first home, I am so thankful for.

4. Photography. Without it, who knows what I would be doing. Seriously. Who knows? Though I spend more time in front of the computer than I’d like, I love all the other times I get to go outside and photograph happy people. I get to eat cake (awesome cake) year round, I’m always surrounded by love, and I get to document very special moments in my clients lives. What could be better? I truly love what I do and am blessed to be able to do it!

5. My Clients. Without all of you, I wouldn’t even be writing this. There would be no blog, no website and no expensive camera equipment sitting 10 feet behind me. You have all been so awesomely amazing to me; trusting me with your events, referring me to your friends, and giving me the praise and encouragement I need to keep motivating myself to do better than before. So many of you have become my friends, friends I would have never made had it not for photography. I love you all so much, and am truly thankful for how fantastic you have been to me. Thank you all!

Now for random items I am super thankful for:

1. Music – you get me through long days of editing *especially you, John Mayer*

2. Chocolate – no explanation necessary. I love you too much.

3. Mashed potatoes – seriously. I love you, probably more than Chocolate *sorry chocolate*. With butter and salt, you are the best. Plus, I will be eating you in 3 hours. Yum

4. Chapstick – my best friend in tube form. My lips love you.

5. Lavender Linen Spray – you make my bedroom smell amazing. Plus your soothing scent puts me to sleep after a long day.

6. Movies/Hollywood – you entertain me frequently and sometimes disappoint, but once a year there is always something you give me that rocks.

7. May 9th at 2pm. – Graduation day. Best day of 2009.

8. Fat birds – Little fat birdies, you make me soooo happy. There is no reason for it, you just do. The fatter, the better.

9. Solitaire – I have played waaaayy too many hours of you on my phone (over 50…I admit…) but you always clear my head and I love a challenge. Every game can be won, so figuring out the key is exhilarating. (Yes, I know. I’m weird…)

10. The Mall – Oh Mall, you present me with so many lovely things that can be mine with the swipe of a card. You provide my therapy, creating sheer joy for shirt, which cannot be matched anywhere else. You give me a place to chat with friends, forget about the world and eat greasy food. You are a haven, and you try to make me stylish. You are fabulous.

To everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, family filled, love filled, and tummy filled Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day!!

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